Governments of Canada and Yukon announce joint funding for women’s movement

News release

Collaboration between federal and territorial governments increases support for Indigenous women’s organizations advancing gender equality across Yukon

October 16, 2018 – Whitehorse, Yukon

By working in a spirit of collaboration, federal, territorial and provincial governments have an exceptional opportunity to help advance gender equality across Canada.

Today, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Canada’s Minister of Status of Women, and the Honourable Jeanie Dendys, Yukon’s Minister responsible for the Women’s Directorate, announced a joint funding collaboration that will support three Indigenous women’s organizations in Yukon: the Liard Aboriginal Women’s Society, the Whitehorse Aboriginal Women’s Circle, and the Yukon Aboriginal Women’s Council.

Government of Yukon currently provides $759,000 in operational funding over three years to the three Indigenous women’s organizations. Status of Women Canada will be providing an additional $867,500 over three years to support activities related to the development and implementation of strategic planning processes, organizational skills development, enhanced human resources, partnership and communications strategies, and other capacity-building activities. The combined funding of over $1.6 million dollars will be dedicated to improving the capacity of these three organizations to address systemic issues impacting Indigenous women in Yukon.

This joint funding announcement comes on the heels of the Government of Canada’s announcement of a major investment in the sustainability of the women’s movement across Canada. Status of Women Canada’s latest call for proposals, entitled Capacity-building Fund, will grant funding to women’s organizations, and Indigenous organizations serving women, to increase their organizational and sector capacity, allowing them to participate in activities such as skills development and community engagement. The fund, which stems from the Budget 2018 announcement of $100 million over five years, will help support a viable and enduring women’s movement across Canada.

At last year’s meeting of Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) Ministers Responsible for the Status of Women a commitment was made to seek opportunities for collaboration between orders of governments to better support organizations working for gender equality. This announcement stems from this commitment and is the first of several joint funding agreements that will be announced in the coming months between the Government Canada and territorial and provincial governments across the country.


“When we advance gender equality, we grow Canada’s economy and create safer communities, but no order of government can do this work alone. That’s why I am so pleased to work with the Government of Yukon to help make this important investment in three Indigenous women’s organizations that reflects local needs and priorities. Canadians expect us to work together, and by pooling our resources, the federal and provincial and territorial governments can ensure that our investments make the biggest impact and that women’s organizations across Canada can continue advancing gender equality, supporting our middle class and those working hard to join it, and creating lasting change that benefits all Canadians.”

The Honourable Maryam Monsef, P.C.,
M.P.Minister of Status of Women

“These three women’s organizations provide critical advocacy, support and leadership that breaks down barriers and empowers Yukon Indigenous women and girls. We are pleased to partner with the Government of Canada to provide these organizations with stable, flexible funding that will help them meet the needs of Indigenous women and girls throughout Yukon.”

The Honourable Jeanie Dendys, MLA
Minister responsible for the Women’s Directorate
Minister of Tourism and Culture
Minister responsible for the Yukon Workers Compensation Health and Safety Board

“The Liard Aboriginal Women’s Society would like to thank the Governments of Canada and Yukon for helping us to maintain a strong and continuing presence in support of Indigenous women in Yukon and Northern British Columbia. The contributions will assist us in ensuring our capacity to serve while continuing in our quest for a stable source of long-term core funding.”

Ann Maje Raider, Executive Director
Liard Aboriginal Women’s Society

“Today’s announcement is welcome news for Indigenous women in Whitehorse. Thanks to the funding from the Governments of Canada and Yukon we will be able to build capacity within our organization so we can better support Indigenous women in our city.”

Krista Reid, President
Whitehorse Aboriginal Women’s Circle

“Indigenous women hold important places as leaders in their families and communities. Thanks to this support from the Governments of Canada and Yukon, we will be in a better position to help empower Indigenous women across Yukon, which will strengthen families and communities throughout our territory.”

Terri Szabo, President
Yukon Aboriginal Women’s Council

Quick facts

  • Today’s announcement took place ahead of this week’s meetings of FPT Ministers Responsible for the Status of Women in Whitehorse, Yukon, which will be co-chaired by Ministers Monsef and Dendys.

  • RBC Economics estimates that adding more women to the workforce could boost the level of Canada’s GDP by as much as 4 per cent.

  • McKinsey Global Institute estimates that by taking steps to advance equality for women—such as employing more women in technology and boosting women’s participation in the workforce—Canada could add $150 billion to its economy by 2026.

  • The Government of Canada is committed to advancing reconciliation with Inuit, First Nations, and the Métis Nation. The focus is on building a renewed relationship with Indigenous Peoples, one based on the recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership.

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Justine Villeneuve
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Status of Women

Valérie Haché
Communications Officer
Status of Women Canada

Jessie Stephen
Office of the Honourable Jeanie Dendys
Minister of Tourism and Culture
Minister responsible for the Women’s Directorate
Minister responsible for the Yukon Workers Compensation Health and Safety Board

Alex Hill
Intergovernmental Policy Analyst and Forum Coordinator
Government of Yukon, Women’s Directorate

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